Frank Ocean's acclaimed 2012 album Channel Orange has been named the year's best release by editors at U.S. music magazine Spin.

The singer's album beat Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city in the year's first major poll.

Announcing the winner of the hit list, Spin bosses state Ocean "deserved every last gush and blush of attention".

Also making the top five: Japandroids' Celebration Rock, DJ Rashad's Teklife Vol. 1 - Welcome to the Chi and Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel.